The latest changes in the distribution of teams in the three qualifying groups were introduced by Ukraine’s victory in the pre-qualification tournament in Poland, as well as the IIHF’s decision not to allow Belarus to participate in international competitions in 2024/2025. in the season of the year. That way .
The road sign to the 2026 Winter Olympic Games in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will be won by the winners of the three groups in the final round of qualification.
The Olympic qualification tournament “Arena Riga” will take place from August 29 to September 1. The LHF will inform you about the schedule of matches in the Riga subgroup and ticket sales later.
According to the IIHF ranking, seven national teams – Canada, Finland, USA, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, as well as the host Italy – are already certain to participate in the Olympic tournament without playing in the qualification. One vacancy has also been reserved for Russia, whose candidacy for 2026 has not yet been made by the IIHF.